WAVE - Here is Jan Arnow's second project:

 

Project or Program: Violence: Past, Present and Future

 

Description: High school curriculum/course

Violence: Past, Present and Future is a course that allows high

school students the opportunity to explore the history of violence, examine

the current climate of violence, review the alternatives to violence, and

project themselves into a future of their own design. Many of the course

assignments and discussions have been designed to develop students'

capacities to analyze, defend and critique public policies, and to develop

skill with the use of information resources available in the library and on

the Internet. Beginning with a look at the biological, sociological and

psychological roots of violence and aggression, class sessions throughout

the year include, but are not limited to: history of war and the theory of

just wars; heroes and heroines; cultural, institutional and structural

violence; violence in popular culture past and present -- sports, media,

entertainment, etc; alternatives to violence including mediation, conflict

resolution and theories of non-violence; and psychological aspects of

violence including powerlessness, anger and shame.

Students are engaged in:

* Reading

* Lectures

* Discussion

* Film and other resources

* Simulations

* Guest speakers

* Group research projects and presentation

* Fieldwork

The objectives of the course are:

* To understand the root causes of violence and

aggression;

* To become aware of why and how violence has become an

inappropriate

expression of aggression;

* To explore different ways of looking at and thinking

about violence;

* To uncover our hidden assumptions about violence and

non-violence;

* To analyze real situations involving violence and some

possible

solutions;

* To develop and critique alternatives to violence;

* To enhance your social skills of listening, discussing,

sharing,

advising,interacting, trusting, negotiating and

deciding.

 

Costs: $0 but time, to date

 

Status: I taught this year-long course to 15 kids last year; this year I

have 50 kids. I'm doing it for free (the kids get credit, though) for the

high school my children attend.

 

Current Challenges:

1. 50 kids is too large a group and 2 hours is too long to have them

maintain their attention. I'll be changing the structure of the class to

accommodate the attention spans of these kids.

2. I have a dozen gang members in this group. It is particularly

difficult, surprisingly, to make any of this seem relevant to them.

3. My plans are to publish this curriculum and give workshops to teach

teachers how to teach this course.

 

Pieces I Can Share with WAVE: The syllabus (by fax, snail mail or email)

-- four or five pages listing the 45 class sessions; various pieces and

parts of class handouts; lecture notes (if I can get them typed up!).

 

 

Any and all feedback is appreciated!

 

My best to all of you --

 

Jan (jarnow@iglou.com)

 

--

Jan Arnow, Director; Institute for Intercultural Understanding

1207 Summit Ave. Louisville KY 40204 USA

Phone and fax: +1 502 454 0607 email: jarnow@iglou.com

 

"Though I am different from you, we were born involved in one another."

T'ao Chien

 

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